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Illinois REALTOR® visits Ghana to talk ethics

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 2:57pm
Efty Garba, a REALTOR® and managing broker/owner for Efty REALTY Group, Inc., in the Chicago area, visited Ghana in February to provide ethics training for Ghana Real Estate Professional Association (GREPA). A summary of his trip appeared on the NewsGhana … Continue reading →

Sponsored post: RPR kicks off 2016 with new features

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 9:56am
2016 is off to a great start for RPR users. In January alone, RPR squashed 37 of the 55 highest priority bugs we were tracking, and all thanks to input we received from our valued REALTORS®. During this time, we … Continue reading →

IAR advocates for REALTOR® Crosby as Winnebago County Board member

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:16am
Some residents in the 16th District of Winnebago County have received postcards urging their support for REALTOR® Jean Crosby as a Winnebago County Board member in the March 15 primary election. Two sets of postcards were mailed in support of … Continue reading →

REALTORS®, show your support for these Opportunity Race candidates

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 4:13pm
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® has identified nine Opportunity Race candidates for the March 15 Illinois primaries. For each election, RPAC Trustees use input from local associations to select REALTOR® Champions for Opportunity Races. Candidates are chosen for their pro-business, … Continue reading →

‘Expanded power not limited power’ measure up for vote in Westchester

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 9:46am
The Chicago Tribune today has an article on a measure on the ballot which would allow the community of Westchester to adopt home rule. The article notes that local REALTORS® have come out against the issue. “Home-rule authority is an … Continue reading →

Oak Park Association concerned about changes to River Forest historic preservation ordinance

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 6:42pm
The Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® weighed in on a proposal to amend a historic preservation ordinance in the Village of River Forest. The current historic preservation program identifies nearly 300 properties as “historically or architecturally significant.”  The proposed … Continue reading →

Lin volunteers at weekend language school in Palatine

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 8:00am
For the last 10 years, Gloria Lin has been a familiar face at the not-for-profit Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese School, as a parent of three children and as a volunteer principal, volunteer education director and volunteer IT director. On Sunday … Continue reading →

Residential financial analysis course offered at REALTOR® discount

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 5:24pm
Register today for a two-part, three-hour CCIM online course that teaches residential real estate professionals basic financial analysis skills so they can serve investors interested in small commercial properties, four-plexes, duplexes, condos or single-family homes. The course titled “Residential Real … Continue reading →

Illinois REALTORS® take another step in global realm

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 9:06am
In an effort to expand the scope of global engagement, IAR has launched a new program.  Created as a sub-group of the IAR Global Business Council, the Consulate General Liaison Program began this week in its pilot phase and is … Continue reading →

IDFPR goes paperless for renewal notifications and licenses

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 6:10pm
Attention Illinois REALTORS®: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is no longer issuing paper renewal notices and licenses. Effective immediately, all renewal and licensing documentation will be done electronically. In a news release, IDFPR Secretary Bryan A. … Continue reading →

Check out NAR’s first quarter Commercial Real Estate Outlook

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 5:48pm
The National Association of REALTORS® released its Commercial Real Estate Outlook for the first quarter of 2016 today, with projections in four major commercial sectors and the analysis of data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. To download … Continue reading →

Real Property Alliance spreads word on home rule ballot initiatives

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 4:18pm
IAR’s consumer education foundation has take a role in telling members of three Illinois communities why voting to implement home rule might not be the best thing for the communities. Real Property Alliance has created three social media campaigns which urge … Continue reading →

Why MIPIM? IAR members discuss upcoming global real estate conference

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:59pm
  In March members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® will travel to France to take part in MIPIM 2016, a real estate conference that attracts attendees from 89 countries. The association is taking part in the event for the … Continue reading →

Leadership Training Academy meets in Springfield

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 1:23pm
Check the photos of the 2016 IAR Leadership Training Academy, which met in Springfield yesterday and today at the IAR Headquarters. Julie J. Roth (Berkshire Hathaway Snyder R.E., Champaign) is the chair of the Leadership Development Working Group and Vicky … Continue reading →

Video celebrates our people and IAR’s 100th birthday/anniversary

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 1:19pm
Get a flavor of the festive atmosphere you’ll experience April 5 at the Lobby Day 100th Anniversary Reception by viewing this video from your colleagues at the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. It’s all part of IAR’s Capitol Conference, which starts … Continue reading →

Illinois housing market starts 2016 strong with January gains in home sales, prices

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 9:43am
In the strongest January market in several years, Illinois home sales and median prices posted robust year-over-year increases, despite lower inventory levels, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release and share the infographic below.

Oak Park REALTOR® organizes special events for local food pantry

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 8:00am
When Oak Park REALTOR® Catherine Simon-Vobornik wanted to volunteer in her community, she found an organization that needed help and was a great match for her leadership and organizational skills: the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. In three years … Continue reading →

There’s more to RESPA than TRID: IAR Legal Webinar

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:32pm
In Thursday’s IAR Legal Webinar, IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and IAR Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker discussed some of the permitted and prohibited practices for real estate agents and brokers relating to affiliated business arrangements and marketing service … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: TRID reduced fourth quarter ’15 originations

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:12pm
A 24 percent quarter-over-quarter reduction in purchase loan originations coincided with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures) rule, stated an Inman Select story Thursday. In “TRID tanked originations in Q4,” information from Realty Trac’s most recent U.S. … Continue reading →

Nominate a local REALTOR® for NAR volunteer program by Feb. 26

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:58pm
If you know a REALTOR® who makes a difference in his or her community by volunteering for a charity or a worthy cause, encourage them to apply to NAR’s Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program by Feb. 26. Five applicants … Continue reading →